Bob LaPointe '10, a graduate of Seton Hall University College of Nursing's first Clinical Nursing Leader class, was selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) from among all practicing C.N.L.s as the winner of the 2015 C.N.L. Vanguard Award.
The AACN and the Commission of Nurse Certification (CNC) present the annual award to a Clinical Nursing Leader (C.N.L.) who displays "innovative and outstanding professional performance and advocacy of the C.N.L. role."
LaPointe says that innovative research and practice are critical to the emerging C.N.L. role.
"I am humbled and honored to receive the C.N.L. Vanguard Award," LaPointe said. "There is amazing work occurring across the country by C.N.L.s. With new evidence-based research models and practice surveys, we are on our way to more deeply understanding the changes that C.N.L.s are making now, and to amplify the impact that we have in the future."
LaPointe currently works at Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, and is a member of the VA Office of Nursing Services' national C.N.L. Field Advisory Committee. LaPointe's work with interdisciplinary teams led to improved telemetry utilization on his unit at the VA, according to a profile by the AACN. He also served as the past president of the Clinical Nurse Leader Association, where he worked to expand the organization both geographically and strategically.
He received his award along with three other award winners in January at the 2016 C.N.L. Summit in California.